The Chicago Cubs have made it clear that outfielder Alfonso
Soriano is available through trade this offseason, and the team has reportedly
held preliminary discussions with the Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros
involving the veteran slugger, reports Danny Knobler of CBS Sports and Jayson
Stark of ESPN.
Cubs also shopped Soriano to Astros as a possible DH, but Astros don't have enough money (even with Cubs contributing a lot).
— DKnobler (@DKnobler) December 11, 2012
#Phillies were initially uninterested when #Cubs approached them on Soriano. Now kicking it around but a long shot to actually happen.
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) December 11, 2012
Knobler says the Astros and Cubs discussed Soriano as a
possible designated hitter option for Houston. While the Astros are in need of
a DH now that they’ve ventured into the American League, they don’t have enough
money to take on Soriano even if the Cubs eat “a lot” of his remaining
contract, according to Knobler.
Meanwhile, the Phillies were not initially interested in
Soriano, but they are now “kicking it around,”, says Stark. Still, he adds that
a trade would be a “long shot to actually happen.”
While Soriano was able to post an OPS of .821 while hitting
33 doubles and 32 home runs for the Cubs last season, he is 36 years old and is
owed another $36 million over the next two seasons.
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